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Six Steps to Successful Budgeting

Spending time to set up a budget for your household might not be an exciting thing to do – but saving money is. At North Peace we are happy to provide you with six steps that will help you save and make the entire process of budgeting just a little bit more enjoyable.

  1. Calculate your monthly income.

    Spending time to set up a budget for your household might not be an exciting thing to do – but saving money is. At North Peace we are happy to provide you with six steps that will help you save and make the entire process of budgeting just a little bit more enjoyable.

  2. Figure out how much you spend.

    Once you have determined how much money is coming in each month, you need to figure out how much is going out. There are some monthly expenses that are consistent such as rent, mortgage, phone bills, and insurance payments, and others that vary, like grocery bills and shopping expenses. All expenses must be accounted for. Keeping track of your spending in a diary or mobile app can help you keep track of these amounts.

  3. Set goals for yourself.

    It is important to set goals for yourself – achievable ones. Whether you want to buy a house in 10 years or you are saving for a road trip. Setting goals will help you manage your money appropriately and responsibly.

  4. Start making a plan.

    Now that you have figured out how much money you earn and how much money you spend on a monthly basis, it is time to put together a plan. This plan should reflect the goals that you have set for yourself. Be sure to consider your financial situation and make sure that your goals are compatible with this.

  5. Put some money aside.

    Set some money aside monthly in an account that you will not touch. Think of it as paying yourself! Additionally, you can make a separate savings account for those sometimes unexpected payments such as car maintenance or vet bills.

  6. Keep track of your improvement.

    Make it a habit to re-evaluate your budget on a monthly basis. This will help you to make adjustments if your income or spending changes and ensures that you are staying in control of your finances.

Once you have figured out your budget you will feel more confident knowing where your money is going. It is important to note, however, that budgets will always change as money comes in or more expenses arise. That is why it is important to adjust accordingly and consult an expert if you have any questions.

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  • Shannon Luscombe

    Shannon Luscombe

    Shannon Luscombe, Manager, Retail Advisory with North Peace Savings and Credit Union with a decade of experience working within the Credit Union system.   She moved from Vancouver Island in 2019 to be with her husband who works in the Oil & Gas industry, bringing with her, Credit Union knowledge and experience to join the NPSCU team.  She has a passion for helping Members succeed in achieving their financial goals, by sharing strategies and advice gained…

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